In just its second week, Anchor Bar in Frederick featured a stellar crowd of 15 teams at Wednesday night trivia. All told, we welcomed 110 teams across 13 venues.
Our Wednesday teams needed to be on their toes right out of the gate, as the first bonus question of the night was also the most difficult of the first half. After most of our teams earned wagering points on a question concerning the fictional character Dr. Doolittle, only six teams tacked on the first two bonus points of the night by also knowing that British author Hugh Lofting created this veterinarian. After that speed bump, the rest of the round progressed quite smoothly, as we dealt with topics such as the card game Uno, the Uber Eats app, and the variations of bowling. Thanks to the first bonus question, the first round did not yield any perfect scores on Wednesday night.
We felt a little sinful during Wednesday’s audio question, as we asked our teams to identify the songs “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine, “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction, and “Lyin’ Eyes” by The Eagles. We continued with the most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> Publishing his magnum opus “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” in 1776, what Scottish economist laid the foundations of classical free market economic theory?
Only 41% of our teams could recall their high school economics class by giving us the correct answer of Adam Smith. Later, we looked at world rivers, the Tribbles from “Star Trek”, and the work of director Stanley Kubrick. Three teams ran the table by posting 36 second round points: Drunk Savants (Valley Grill), Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s), and Sexual Chocolate (Anchor Bar).
Wednesday’s halftime page depicted famous works of art as depicted on Etch-A-Sketch, while the bottom half asked our teams to list the ten most recent contiguous states to join the Union. As with any ‘list question’, coming up with most of the correct answers is fairly easy, but coming up with all of them is quite difficult. Such was the case tonight, as the average score reached a healthy 17.1 points, though just one team (Cake or Death from Black Hoof) posted a perfect score. Here is Wednesday’s halftime leaderboard:
- Toyko Tentacle Storm (Belles’): 88
- Sexual Chocolate (Anchor Bar): 87
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 87
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s): 86
- Fan Club (Silo Falls): 86
Wednesday’s third round opened with a rather difficult three-part question in which each answer began with the letters “P-E-T”. Only six teams picked up two bonus points by knowing that “Petrushka” (a type of Russian folk puppet) lends its name to the title of a ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky. Other third round topics included the TV series “Lost”, American orator William Jennings Bryan, and the shortest letters in the Greek alphabet. Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) turned in the only perfect score of the third stanza.
After a look at the various awards won by the film “Wall Street”, we began the final round with the most difficult bonus question of the night:
–> Siblings Master P & Silkk the Shocker each scored a #1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart as solo artists. For your wager, identify either one of the other two pairs of siblings that have accomplished this feat.
In the understatement of the night, one of these two answers was much easier to ascertain that the other, as every team earned wagering points with Michael and Janet Jackson. Believe it or not, the 2016 album “A Seat at the Table” topped the Billboard 200 album chart for Solange Knowles, the younger sister of Beyonce. Only three teams gave us both correct answers to pick up two bonus points. We continued the final stanza with a look at the Armani fashion brand, the geography of U.S. territories, and events of the year 1903. The final round did not yield any perfect scores on Wednesday night.
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 160
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 159
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (Quinn’s): 156
- Swimming with the Sharts (Quinn’s): 156
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 154
WEDNESDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (83.3% success rate):
–> “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” are the first words spoken by what literary character?
Most of our teams responded correctly with the White Rabbit (from “Alice in Wonderland”). Congratulations to Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s) and Cake or Death (Black Hoof), who each posted a Perfect 21 on Wednesday by answering every wagering question correctly. Here is your final Wednesday leaderboard:
- Bi-Curious George (Quinn’s): 172
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (Quinn’s): 169
- Swimming with the Sharts (Quinn’s): 168
- Flight Level Awesome (Belles’): 166
- Zambookie (Anchor Bar): 164
- Bite My Shiny Metal Ass (Memories): 164
- Washington Foreskins (Black Hoof): 161
- Cake or Death (Black Hoof): 160
- What Else Could It Be? (Anchor Bar): 160
- Olney the Lonely (Silo Falls): 159
Whole Foods Market in Vienna, VA: NO GAME THIS WEEK (NEXT GAME ON JUNE 26 – First category: French Language)
Valley Grill in Middletown, MD: Southpaw Fish (Next week’s first category: New Orleans)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Flight Level Awesome (Next week’s first category: “The Sandlot”)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Half Nelsons (Next week’s first category: 2019 Tony Awards)
Nido’s Ristorante in Frederick, MD: Ask Before Your Reach Around Me (Next week’s first category: Freshwater Tropical Fish)
Furnace Bar and Grill in Thurmont, MD: Slow Trivia Movement (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 AUDIO – 1980s Song or 1990s Song?)
Quinn’s on the Corner in Arlington, VA: Bi-Curious George (Next week’s first category: “Wicked”)
Dragon Hops Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Thundercats (Next week’s first category: Godzilla)
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg, VA: Washington Foreskins (Next week’s first category: 1991 Buffalo Bills)
GearHouse Brewing in Chambersburg, PA: What’s That Smell? (Next week’s first category: Desserts)
Manor at Silo Falls in Brookeville, MD: Olney the Lonely (Next week’s first category: “Good Omens”)
Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD: Zambookie (Next week’s first category: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA: ON HIATUS (NEXT GAME TBD – First category: Sanitation System of Taipei)
Memories in Mount, Airy, MD: Bite My Shiny Metal Ass (Next week’s first category: 1990s Daytona 500 Winners)
Brookside Inn in Jefferson, MD: Formerly Known As (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Domestic or Foreign Beer?)